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Arrival / Pick-up Service

Hinweis Covid19

Please note that since March 16, 2020, no face-to-face classes can be held at the university for pandemic reasons. Nevertheless, our German courses will be maintained with only a few postponements. Until further notice, classes must take place online. Thank you for your understanding!


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Important information of the International Office for international students of JLU

Arrival/Pick-Up Service

On March 12, 2020, the day of arrival, we will welcome you at our JLU booth on platform 1, Giessen railway station, between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm. We will hand out your room keys and personally accompany you to the hall of residence. Please inform us in advance of your exact time of arrival:

If you want to arrive earlier please contact the and find out when and how you can get your room keys!

Please note: As we start with the placement test on 13 March 2020, we strongly recommend that you do not arrive late!

If you would like to rent your room in a student hall of residence for a semester or longer, please contact the Studentenwerk.


Travel Information

Due to the central location of Giessen and the immediate proximity to Frankfurt Airport, the city can easily be reached by various means of transportation:



If you need a visa, please bear in mind that the application for a visa may take up to three months. Please contact your embassy or consulate as soon as possible.



Health insurance, personal liability insurance, and accident insurance are not included in the course fee.

If you live in a EU country, please bring along your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which is valid for the duration of the International Spring Course and your time of study.

If you come from a non-EU-country and you want to study in Giessen, you must register with a German health insurance company. You can register with a health insurance company during the International Spring Course before matriculation in Giessen. Sufficient health insurance is mandatory. Health insurance for students costs approx. € 100 per month.

Please note: If you register with a health insurance company in Gießen, the insurance cover will only become effective on April 1st!

We strongly recommend that you obtain a health insurance for the duration of your stay in your home country prior to departure. It should also cover your arrival and departure days.



Whether you need a short-term study/tourist visa to enter the so-called Schengen Area of the European Union depends on your personal circumstances.

Please see the web pages of the German Foreign Ministry.

Please note:

Most visa applications will take between six weeks and three months; for the visa process, you will probably need proof of sufficient health insurance plus a true copy (no email/fax) of an invitation letter from the University of Giessen. Please plan the start of your visa application process accordingly.

Make sure that your arrival and departure times correspond to the validity of your visa and the reservation of your accommodation.